CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – The city of Chesapeake, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Norfolk District, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the $59.9 million Deep Creek Bridge replacement project.

The groundbreaking celebrated the beginning of the multi-year project to replace the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Deep Creek Bridge, known as one of the oldest bridges in the city.

The Deep Creek Bridge was originally built in 1934 for $64,000 and is a two-lane bridge that crosses the Dismal Swamp Canal and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway at U.S. Route 17.

The old bridge will now be replaced with a five-lane, dual-leaf drawbridge that will be about 144 feet long and 60 feet wide.

A man who lives nearby and drives over the bridge daily says the new bridge will help traffic flow better.

Anthony Giustin told WAVY he’s seen traffic back up on the bridge and has seen crashes, so he’s all for a new bridge.

“It’s very necessary to do, because, since I moved here I’ve seen three cars, flipped over like upside down because it hit like a curb or something,” Giustin said. “So I think it’s really needed improvement.”

The project is expected to be completed in June 2026. To learn more about the project, click here.

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